J a m e s C. H a m l e t t East Tennessee State University The landholding is an areal unit on the earth's surface which can be observed and recorded in order to understand better m an's complex spatial arrangem ent. Landholding units can be typed and classified into m ajor land division systems. In the United States, as elsewhere, land division systems have been noted as part of the landscape by observation of landholding shapes. The initial settlement in Colonial New England was by towns. These towns were large land parcels, usually four to ten miles square and characterized by a central settlement. Remnants of the character of these early towns are still in evidence today.1 W ith the exception of New England, the Thirteen original colonies and the colonial frontier were settled indiscrim inately; settlers procured land and established boundaries following no pre-conceived plan. The metes and bounds, an indiscrim inate method of settlement, can be recog nized by irregular-shaped landholdings.2 In the late 1700's the Congressional land survey was established; this survey covered all land in the United States that was .not settled prior to 1785. The survey's basic units, the six
Southeastern Geographer – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 29, 1963
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